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Rural Regional & Remote Women Honoured with Awards

Women living in rural, regional and remote areas of Queensland will be celebrated at a Gala Dinner at
QRRRWN’s Annual Conference in Dalby on 23 October 2021.

For close to a decade leading community group Queensland Regional, Rural and Remote Women’s Network (QRRRWN) has delivered an Awards program to recognise the achievements of rural, regional and remote
(RRR) women.

The Women in RRR Awards (previously the Strong Women Leadership Awards) showcase the significant
contribution of women in supporting families, business and communities to overcome the unique challenges of living in rural, remote and regional areas of Queensland.

QRRRWN’s new President Julie Mayne said women living in rural, regional and remote Queensland are
courageous, generous, powerful and inspiring.

“They are achievers who get things done and play a key role in their communities,” Ms Mayne said.
“They use their skills, talents and ingenuity to build and strengthen businesses and communities, and to pave the way for the next generation of women.

“To honour these women, QRRRWN’s 9th annual Women in RRR Awards 2021 will shine a light on RRR
women and connect, develop and inspire them to make their mark through a development program and
renewed alumni community.

“The 2021 awards are the benchmark for celebrating outstanding women who live, work, achieve, volunteer and/or are in service of Queensland’s RRR areas. The awards also draw on the support of many volunteers who donate their time and skills to support the entrants and Alumni program,” she said.

Minister for Women and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence Shannon Fentiman said the Palaszczuk Government is proud to support the Awards which recognise and celebrate the vital
contribution that women make to our rural, regional and remote communities.

“We know women in our rural and regional communities experience additional barriers in achieving gender equality, and that living in isolation can make it harder for women to access support and escape violence,” Minister Fentiman said.

“I encourage Queenslanders to come forward and nominate some incredible women in their rural, remote
and regional communities so we can recognise and celebrate their achievements in working towards gender

The 2021 Women in RRR Awards include seven award categories that focus on women who are leading the
way, lifting others up, creating products and services and building tight-knit communities.
“We are truly delighted to announce two new categories this year: Remote Women of the Year, and Rural and
Remote Women – Community Builder Award. This is also open to women led groups engaging in community
building initiatives,” Ms Mayne said.

The Awards also include a ‘RRR Women Champion’s Award’ for women from metropolitan areas, in
recognition of the role they play as a source of support and inspiration for RRR women.
Award Finalists will be announced at the QRRRWN Simply Social Facebook event on September 24, 2021 and
will receive a free ticket to QRRRWN Annual Conference and gala dinner, and financial contribution to assist
with their intrastate travel to the gala dinner.

The Awards and Gala Dinner is sponsored by the Queensland Government through the Office of Women.
For more information on the Awards and to nominate, visit

FOR (IMMEDIATE) RELEASE: 3 September, 2021

For further information contact:
Lea Brearley – Media Manager QRRRWN
phone 0410 673322

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